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Zig Zags

I’ve known about nail vinyls for ages, but never used them much. Why? I have no clue. I really don’t. I think I generally prefer to freehand nail art, so I forget about all the tools at my disposal. And the truth is that nail vinyls are AMAZING and you can create some cool textures and patterns that would be really hard to do with only free handing! I think you’ll be seeing a lot more vinyls around here – especially these zig zags. I have another look planned already!

Zig Zags with Girly Bits and Zoya | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Also – a side note about this blog. I tried for a really long time to be super professional – whatever that means (mostly that I would be able to make $$ blogging). Here’s the thing, though: I stopped having fun when I thought about blogging that way. I started this blog nearly 5 years ago (whaaaaaaat….!) to share a hobby that I love. Overtime, it grew into a rigid posting schedule as I sought to review everything I could get my hands on. After slowing down considerably over the past few months, I’ve decided to take a step back – not that I’m going anywhere, but just that I’m going to share the stuff I want to share, the things I love or find interesting. I don’t really like swatching that much, and I don’t think I’m the best swatcher; whereas I love nail art and I think I’m pretty good at it. Plus, I like makeup and other beauty products. I’d rather show you what I like than be obsessed with being the best, otherwise I end up pigeon-holing myself. I hope you’ll still enjoy my lil corner of the internet, and that you’ll stick around!

Zig Zags with Girly Bits and Zoya | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Zig Zags with Girly Bits and Zoya | The Dalai Lama's Nails

This was an experiment for me! I began by polishing my nails with three coats of Girly Bits Mint-al Precision – I kind of forgot about this polish, but isn’t it just so lovely? I top coated with Seche Vite, and waited patiently for everything to dry! Then I used chevron minis from Nail Vinyls to block off areas of my nails. Using the bottle brushes, I swept on a mix of Zoya Trixie and Sally Hansen Blue Blood, kind of mixing them and swirling them together. I peeled off the vinyls while everything was still wet, and then applied another layer of Seche Vite. Zig Zags with Girly Bits and Zoya | The Dalai Lama's Nails

I LOVE how it came out with the single zig zag the most. I think I may do a whole look based off of this thumb!

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  • These are looking great!

  • I am so happy you’re getting back to blogging the way *you* want to blog instead of just plugging away at a schedule that is too rigid. Of course I’ll be sticking around to see what you come up with!

    I love this look – the different colors go so well together! Nail vinyls are like a godsend when you want to knock out a quick manicure!

  • Beautiful!!